Leibniz Association

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Leibniz Association
Formation1990; 33 years ago (1990)
Typenon-profit research organization
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Prof. Dr. Martina Brockmeier
Main organ
€1.9 billion (2019)
Chausseehof building, Chausseestrasse 111 in Berlin, seat of the Leibniz Association since 2011[1]

The Leibniz Association (German: Leibniz-Gemeinschaft or Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz) is a union of German non-university research institutes from various disciplines.

Funding and Structure[edit]

As of 2020, 96 non-university research institutes and service institutions for science are part of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft. The fields range from natural science, engineering, and ecology, to economics, other social sciences, spatial science, and humanities. The Leibniz Institutes work in an interdisciplinary fashion, and connect basic and applied science. They cooperate with universities, industry, and other partners in different parts of the world. Taken together, the Leibniz Institutes employ 20,000 people and have a budget of €1.9 billion.[2] Leibniz Institutes are funded publicly to equal parts by the federal government and the Federal states (Bundesländer).

Every Leibniz institution is evaluated by the Leibniz Senate regularly, at a minimum of once every seven years. The evaluation is used as a benchmark of quality with respect to the work and research carried out by the institutes.[3]


The Leibniz-Gemeinschaft is named after the German philosopher, mathematician, scientist, and inventor Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716).

The Leibniz Association evolved from the "Blaue Liste" (blue list) in former Western Germany and research institutions of the German Academy of Sciences at Berlin of the former DDR, whose research capability was deemed worth keeping after an evaluation by the German Wissenschaftsrat. The name 'Blaue Liste' for a German model for funding science has been retired, and traces back to the color of a dossier.

The Leibniz Association's headquarter is located in Berlin and there is an EU bureau in Brussels. Since 2014, the engineer Matthias Kleiner has been president of the Leibniz Association, with Christiane Neumann acting as secretary general.

In 2020, the Nature Index based on scientific publication rates, ranked the Leibniz Association as 3rd in Germany and 56th across the globe.[4]


A - Humanities and Educational Research[edit]

Name Location Initials Website
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum – Leibniz-Forschungsmuseum für Georessourcen (Research Institute for Mining History and Mining Museum) Bochum DBM www.bergbaumuseum.de
German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning Bonn DIE www.die-bonn.de
German Institute for International Educational Research Frankfurt am Main DIPF www.dipf.de/
Deutsches Museum München DM www.deutsches-museum.de
Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum - National Maritime Museum Bremerhaven DSM www.dsm.museum
Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research Braunschweig GEI www.gei.de
Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg GNM www.gnm.de
Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe Marburg HI www.herder-institut.de
Leibniz Institute for the German Language Mannheim IDS www.ids-mannheim.de
Institute of Contemporary History München-Berlin IfZ www.ifz-muenchen.de
Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories Bamberg LIfBi www.lifbi.de
Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Kiel Kiel IPN www.ipn.uni-kiel.de
Leibniz-Insitut für Europäische Geschichte Mainz IEG www.ieg-mainz.de
Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe Leipzig GWZO http://www.leibniz-gwzo.de
Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies Regensburg IOS www.ios-regensburg.de
Knowledge Media Research Center (Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien) Tübingen KMRC (IWM) www.iwm-tuebingen.de
Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Forschungsinstitut für Vor- und Frühgeschichte Mainz RGZM www.rgzm.de
Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics Berlin ZAS www.zas.gwz-berlin.de
Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin ZMO www.zmo.de
Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information Trier ZPID www.zpid.de
Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam ZZF www.zzf-pdm.de
Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture (Simon Dubnow Institute) Leipzig DI http://www.dubnow.de/institut/aktuelles/

B - Economics, Social Sciences, Spatial Research[edit]

Name Location Initials Website
Academy for Spatial Research and Planning – Leibniz Forum for Spatial Sciences Hannover ARL www.arl-net.org
German Institute for Economic Research Berlin DIW www.diw.de
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences Mannheim-Köln GESIS www.gesis.org
GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies Hamburg GIGA www.giga-hamburg.de
Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies Halle IAMO www.iamo.de
Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut Hamburg HBI www.leibniz-hbi.de
Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography Leipzig IfL www.ifl-leipzig.com/
Ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich München ifo www.ifo.de
Kiel Institute for the World Economy Kiel IfW www.ifw-kiel.de
Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development Dresden IÖR www.ioer.de
Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space Erkner IRS www.irs-net.de
Halle Institute for Economic Research Halle IWH www.iwh-halle.de
Peace Research Institute Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main PRIF www.hsfk.de
RWI — Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Essen RWI www.rwi-essen.de
Leibniz Institute for Financial Research Frankfurt/Main SAFE safe-frankfurt.de
Social Science Research Center Berlin Berlin WZB www.wzb.eu
German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics Kiel & Hamburg ZBW www.zbw-kiel.de
Centre for European Economic Research Mannheim ZEW www.zew.de

C - Life Sciences[edit]

Name Location Initials Website
Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine Hamburg BNITM www.bni-hamburg.de
Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology Bremen BIPS www.bips.uni-bremen.de
German Diabetes Center – Leibniz-Center for Diabetes Research at the Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf Düsseldorf DDZ www.ddz.uni-duesseldorf.de
German Research Centre for Food Chemistry Garching DFA www.dfal.de
German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke DIfE www.dife.de
German Rheumatism Research Center Berlin DRFZ www.drfz.de
German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research Göttingen DPZ www.dpz.eu
Leibniz-Institute DSMZ – German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures Braunschweig DSMZ www.dsmz.de
Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology Dummerstorf FBN www.fbn-dummerstorf.de
Leibniz Institute for Age Research - Fritz Lipmann Institute Jena FLI www.fli-leibniz.de
Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie Berlin FMP www.fmp-berlin.de
Research Center Borstel – Leibniz Center for Medicine and Biosciences Borstel FZB www.fz-borstel.de
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute Jena HKI www.hki-jena.de
Heinrich Pette Institute – Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology Hamburg HPI www.hpi-hamburg.de
Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors Dortmund IfADo www.ifado.de
Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry Halle IPB www.ipb-halle.de
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research Gatersleben IPK www.ipk-gatersleben.de
Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine Düsseldorf IUF www.iuf.uni-duesseldorf.de
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research Berlin IZW www.izw-berlin.de/
Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg LIN www.ifn-magdeburg.de
Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research Mainz LIR lir-mainz.de
Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Research on

Evolution and Biodiversity at the Humboldt University Berlin

Berlin MfN www.mfn-berlin.de
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung Frankfurt am Main SGN www.senckenberg.de
Alexander Koenig Research Museum, Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity Bonn ZFMK www.zfmk.de

D - Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Engineering[edit]

Name Location Initials Website
Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam Potsdam AIP www.aip.de
Ferdinand-Braun-Institut - Leibniz-Institut für Hoechstfrequenztechnik Berlin FBH www.fbh-berlin.com
DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen Aachen DWI www.dwi.rwth-aachen.de
FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure Karlsruhe FIZ KA www.fiz-karlsruhe.de
Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics Kühlungsborn IAP www.iap-kborn.de
Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden IFW www.ifw-dresden.de
Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics / Leibniz-Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik Frankfurt (Oder) IHP www.ihp-microelectronics.com
Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology Jena IPHT www.ipht-jena.de
Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth Berlin IKZ www.ikz-berlin.de
Leibniz Institute for New Materials Saarbrücken INM www.inm-gmbh.de/
Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology Greifswald INP www.inp-greifswald.de
Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification Leipzig IOM www.iom-leipzig.de
Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden IPF www.ipfdd.de
Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences Dortmund ISAS www.isas.de
Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics Freiburg KIS www.leibniz-kis.de/en/
Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz Center for Informatics Wadern LZI www.dagstuhl.de
Leibniz Institute for Catalysis at the University of Rostock Rostock LIKAT www.catalysis.de
Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy Berlin MBI www.mbi-berlin.de
Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics Oberwolfach MFO www.mfo.de
Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics Berlin PDI www.pdi-berlin.de
German National Library of Science and Technology, TIB - Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology Hannover TIB www.tib.eu
Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics Berlin WIAS www.wias-berlin.de

E - Environmental Sciences[edit]

Name Location Initials Website
Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy Potsdam-Bornim ATB www.atb-potsdam.de
Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research Leipzig TROPOS www.tropos.de
Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Berlin IGB www.igb-berlin.de
Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops Großbeeren IGZ www.igzev.de
Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde IOW www.io-warnemuende.de
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Potsdam PIK www.pik-potsdam.de
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research Müncheberg ZALF www.zalf.de
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research Bremen ZMT www.zmt-bremen.de


  1. ^ "Chausseestraße 111 - Sitz der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft". leibniz-gemeinschaft.de.
  2. ^ "About the Leibniz Association". www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de.
  3. ^ "Leibniz Gemeinschaft: About us / Evaluation". www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  4. ^ "Leibniz Association Nature Index 2020". www.natureindex.com.

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